The Great Taco Shenanigan

This is absolutely my new favorite prank and video!

This Tuesday, Taco Bell gave away one free taco to every customer from 2pm to 6pm as part of their “Steal a Taco” promotion with the NBA. So of course, me and Daniel I. used this opportunity to push the limits of acceptable behavior and, in a costumed charade of silliness, scored 15 free tacos!

This story really begins way back in 2011 when Taco Bell had a promotion involving the World Series. They promised to give every customer a free Taco if a player stole a base, which ended up happening. So of course, Jeremy and I wanted our free tacos, then we decided to make it a little more fun. We wanted to see how many free tacos they would give us. Inevitably, costumes and characters became involved.

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The video really tells the whole story, but essentially we went through 2 different taco bells (I cut them out of order in the video, it made it funnier) in 8 different outfits, and got 15 free tacos. The employees mostly seemed to enjoy it, and one even asked up for pictures!

It just goes to show that you can get anything if you make people laugh enough!

Honestly it was a lot of fun. I appreciate Taco Bell for allowing us to take advantage of their generosity, for the sake of good clean fun!

 

The Conan Cut-Out

This prank is a lot like the parrot prank, and this one also holds a very special place in my heart as one of my favorites.
Essentially we wanted something a little more bizarre and uncanny than the parrot… A cut-out of a movie character or celebrity juuuuust recognizable enough to notice, but not so much that you ever would expect to see it anywhere…
We made a whole list and eventually narrowed it down to Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan The Barbarian, because even if you have not seen any Schwarzenegger films, you still know a barbarian when you see one.
Jeremy R., Ryan K. and I used a printer and some plywood to craft our very own life sized version of Arny. We set him up in the woods between the Hebron Roundabouts (one of our favorite locations) in December when all of the leaves were off the trees and the colors were just right for him to blend in. We positioned him so that he would only be visible for a few seconds as you drove by, but would be very noticeable during that time.
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He stayed there for a few days before the weather forced us to retrieve him! We’ve since used him for numerous pranks. It’s a convenient thing to keep around in a college dorm room, as it turns out.

Laser Day

One evening freshman year, I decided that our hallway was just too boring as it was. Something had to be done to spice it up, and thus laser day was upon us!
My hall-mates and I strung up some red yarn on command hooks throughout the hallway and then became secret agents for the rest of the day!
Check out this awesome video I made with my GoPro!

It was fun being secret agents, until a cranky RA ripped it down saying it was a “fire hazard”, which is somewhat reasonable, although we purposefully rigged it up to be instantly released if you knocked into any part of it. Its funny that she brought up fire hazards, considering the dorm building was violating fire code by locking our courtyard door supposedly… And not stopping my neighbor from smoking pot in his room with his smoke detector covered up… and not doing anything about the same neighbor playing with an “Axe spray/lighter flame thrower” in his room… Yes, that happened. Scary.  Anyways.

Lasers!
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The Craigslist Mean-Ass Rooster

A few years ago, I was looking through the free section of craigslist a saw an odd posting titled “free mean ass rooster”. The ad concisely stated that a man was looking to get rid of one “mean ass rooster” for free. To funny! I showed this ad to several friends, simply because I was captured by its unintentional humor and mystery. But soon enough it was removed and the fun was over!

Then, this past September I found myself looking at the free section of the Cincinnati craigslist again, and as luck would have it, I see the following ad:
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This was, without a doubt, the same man’s ad looking to get rid of his mean ass rooster! what are the odds of seeing this “sequel” ad out of all the hundreds of weekly postings!?!

I immediately saved this ad and sent it around, then it occurred to me… I now have the opportunity finally find out why that rooster’s rear-end was so mean! So I texted the number in the ad and this was our conversation:
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Darn! Someone already swept up that mean, mean rooster! Hah! So I asked my burning question, which he responded with a disappointingly empty answer.
Clearly this guy has a problem with his roosters developing “mean-ass” qualities, so I thought I should offer him my services in case it should happen again (and I decided I’d use his kind of grammar to blend in a bit) :
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You never know, it could be a dud.
Maybe that rooster could just from a bad egg.
I’m no veterinarian, but I’m pretty sure that dud is a medical term for a bad rooster.

He never replied to this message, I’m guessing because he was simply baffled that I had figured out that his new rooster was already going bad, and he didn’t want to admit to himself that he had already failed the little guy.

But I couldn’t just leave it there, so I gave it a few months and then texted him back to check in his new rooster:

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Now the fun is really starting! Let’s see if I can convince him he ended up with a dud!

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I’m pretty sure he meant “who is this” but I answered the question regardless

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Donny Nuggets is the name of a character from Textastrophe, a blog (similar to this one) that pranks people on craigslist, which inspired me to text “Mean Ass Rooster Mike” in the first place, so I thought it was a fitting tribute.

I’m just trying to help him out of a jam! That rooster will do Mike no good, and he knows that!

That’s the end of our conversation…
For now!   I felt like I was pushing Mike a little too hard, so I’ll wait a few months and I’ll text him again, probably sometime around April… So stay tuned for the conclusion!

When I do text Mike again, what should I say about his new nice rooster? Tell me in the comments below!

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